All the Real Advantages and Disadvantages of Getting a Solar Cooker

All the Real Advantages and Disadvantages of Getting a Solar Cooker You probably know by now what a solar cooker is and why it is becoming more and more popular amongst housewives. It is an appliance which has the role of an oven, except it does not work on gas or electricity but it uses the heat from the sunlight instead. This basically means that you're spending no money whatsoever for your cooking since you're using the huge, hot and free sun rays.

Of course, as with any other appliance we have in our homes, the use of solar cooker has its advantages and disadvantages. If you’re intending to buy one, you better check them out and make the right decision that will suit your needs.

The Advantages of Getting a Solar Cooker

The first and most important advantage of the solar cooker is its eco-friendliness. When you’re cooking using the solar cooker, you’re using no electricity nor gas.

In addition, you maintain a better indoor environment. You’re reducing the emission of carbon monoxide, you get better air quality, you’re taking advantage of cooler room temperature which is otherwise impossible and you’re conserving more fuel since you’re reducing the use of the AC.

Once you get the cooker, you basically have no more expenses. If getting the cooker looks like a big investment, one that you cannot handle now because you’re short of money, you can even build your own solar cooker, since it is extremely easy to build one by yourself. All you need is the right supplies and a little bit of cash. You can always turn your passion for football into a cost-effective solution for your solar cooker budget management. Find the best online casinos at and make sure you place the right bet in order to make enough money to fund the building of your solar cooker.

The moment you get your cooker, you will notice that the food quality is really improved, too. The flavours of the ingredients stay intact and they’re not burned, they keep their softness and moisture just in the right amount and taste delicious.

And finally, you get the one thing that made you go for the cooker in the first place: you’re saving a lot of money in the long term. As we said, it operates using sunlight and the sunlight is free. This is why the solar cooker is mostly used in poor and undeveloped countries since it is really easy to build and costs nothing in the long term.

Disadvantages of Using a Solar Cooker

One thing is evident: the solar cookers do not work during winter or during rainy days when there are no sun rays at all. The main disadvantage is that alongside the solar cooker, you must always have an alternative solution that works on gas or electricity.

Another downside of the solar cooker is that the cooking process takes a lot of your time. You will need to start with the preparations early in the morning so you can put the ingredients in the cooker by noon since this is when the heat produced by the sun is maximized.

And of course, there is the risk of accidental burns, eyesight damage or other types of injuries, but this is not restricted to the solar cooker usage, as the same thing can happen to you with the conventional cooking methods if you’re not careful enough.


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Solar Cooking Atlas comments :

Laura: Congratulation for your great invention, I'm Laura and I would like to know how to make or find a solar oven for my father, he is a cooker chef and we are living in Dominican Republic so I think we can really use it in my tropical country! I'm also interested to resell solar products... I think people can really be surprised here!

Clement: Interesting. I've downloaded a lot of documents on your site about solar cookers. I am attending the institute higher rural development in South Kivu in the DRC. Really I will share this information with students. Good luck for the job!

Paul : Solar Household Energy is a leading nonprofit organization that conducts research, field projects and outreach programs for solar cooking (see solar cooking pictures here). Located in the Washington, DC area, USA. You can visit our website to get more information.

Orlando : Hello, I work in the Applied Renewable Energy Group GERA we have some models of solar cookers, we would like to contact with others people that like the solar cooker, thank you vey much.

Romain : Hi , thanks for your comment, if you know other solar cooking recipes you can send it to me, I can share it to the recipe page!

Michael : Thanks for your solar tips ;)

Emily : A great alternative for a lot of people to wood or gas! Good job!

Alice: I tryed your peas recipe with my sun oven, I just backed first the bacon and onions with my solar cooker because I think it fries better and faster than my oven, it was delicious ;)

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